Intern-To-Intern 2015: Staci Harlow

The first in a series. Communications intern Kally Greene-Gudmundson interviews our 2015 summer interns.


Meet Staci Harlow: Intern in the shareholder development department this summer.

Where are you from? Where did you grow up?

I am originally from Kotzebue but I grew up in Madison, Missouri, where my Dad’s family is from. I actually still live there; I’m just in Anchorage for the summer. I’ve only been here once before, years ago, when I was really little.

What are your ties to NANA?

My mom (Karen Bergt-Harlow) and grandma (Laura Beltz Bergt) are both shareholders. I’m a descendant.

Who inspires you most?

My grandma, the late Laura Beltz Bergt, inspired me because she was such an engaging woman. She always strove to improve the lives of her people (the Iñupiat and all Alaska Natives) and played such an active role in the community.

What are you majoring in at school?

I’ll be going into my senior year at the University of Missouri. I’m majoring in food science and nutrition and hope to turn that into a career in the agricultural field.

What made you interested in the internship?

This is my first internship with NANA and I like it so far. I get to work in a different aspect in a completely different field. I’m excited to see how this experience will affect my career goals.

What is your job this summer?

I am the events coordinator intern. I’ll be organizing all of the events for the college support program—everything from catering to activities.

What are you most excited about your internship?

I’m excited to meet new people and expand my network.

What has surprised you most about Alaska and NANA since you’ve been here?

There is a lot of heritage here. People are really involved in their culture and proud of it. It’s not like that back home, in Missouri where I feel like I’m the only Native.

What do you hope to accomplish in the next five years?

I hope to graduate with my Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Missouri and find a career that I enjoy. I also hope to buy a home and do all that normal adult stuff!

“NANA will improve the quality of life for our people”

NANA internships give students the opportunity to:

  • Gain valuable applied experience.
  • Promote personal development.
  • Develop interpersonal and professional skills.

For more information visit the shareholder employment & development page.